The current renaissance of community engagement has led to an ever increasing body of literature discussing the theory and practice of community engagement.
The rapid growth in interest in community engagement can be demonstrated by the increasing numbers of publications discussing community engagement. I recently did a search of the ProQuest journal database (a large, multidiscipline database that indexes a wide range of sources including journals, reports, theses, and newspapers) to see the extent of the increase in publications.
The search for “community engagement” in any field resulted in a total of 144,291 articles since the year 2000. (There were another 510 articles in the last three decades of the 1900s.) In 2000 there were only 261 articles published but this had grown to 24, 952 by 2015. In the 10 years between 2000 and 2009 there were 2,2291 articles and 122,000 in the following seven years.
As can be seen there has been a small dip in 2016, but I suspect this is because the database is still to index some 2016 articles and so this number will rise, but it could indicate that rate of increase is slowing.
While some of this growth is due to an increase in the number of publications generally, most of the growth is due to the increasing popularity of community engagement. For example searching for the term “community” resulted in 1.33 million articles in 2000 and there were less than double that amount (2.56 million) in 2016. In the search for “community engagement” there were 93 times as many articles in 2016 compared to 2000.
Click here to see the number of journals publishing articles with “community engagement” in their title.
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